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Podcast 474: A new iOS update is now available

This week we welcome Brianna Wu, head of development at Giant Spacekat and friend of Macworld, to discuss making games for the Apple TV. Turns out, Apple's restrictions make the most sense if you're developing games Apple's way, but that's obviously not how every game studio works.

We also discuss iOS 9 and our confidence in its stability—as well as our annoyance at those incessant popups urging beta testers to skip right ahead to iOS 9.1. The iPad Pro still has us a bit baffled, so we toss around theories as to what role it will ultimately fill in Apple's lineup and the lives of its eventual users.

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Podcast 473: Hey Siri, let's talk iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, and Apple TV

Apple announced a passel of new products and updates today, and while Susie is busy editing, Glenn tapped John Moltz, a Macworld senior contributor and proprietor of Very Nice Web Site to chat about developers. We discuss watchOS 2, the new finishes and bands, who the iPad Pro is for (we don't know, but it must be a big audience), the Apple TV, and the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including all the new options for service plans.

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Podcast 472: There's a new smartwatch in town

The event is official, and we are officially stoked. This week's news is all about what Apple is getting ready to reveal: a new iPhone or two, the new Apple TV, and release dates for the new OSes. We've been enjoying the new proactive features in iOS 9 that predict which apps you'll want to use at which times and places, and that's one reason we like Nuzzel, a service that predicts what you'll want to read based on what your friends are sharing. Glenn has an interview with Jonathan Abrams, the CEO, about designing a social news app for every device.

Our final discussion is about Android Wear on iOS. Susie's testing it out, and while it can't hold a candle to the deep, OS-wide integration of the Apple Watch, Android Wear on iOS does a few things right. On-device curation of notifications is huge, and knowing when your watch will be fully charged is a nice touch too. Here's hoping Apple takes a little inspiration from Android Wear's more mature platform for future watchOS releases.

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Podcast 471: The iOS 9 content-blocking reckoning is coming

Apple makes a tall router with multiple antennas. It's called the AirPort Extreme. Now Google is about to make a tall router called the OnHub with *thirteen* antennas, not to mention a speaker, a ring of LEDs, and ZigBee support. Speaking of companies making stuff outside their normal comfort zone, the Apple Car! It's possibly being tested! The Guardian uncovered some amazing email evidence, although they did get one little tidbit wrong—because they don't use Macs.

But our biggest discussion this week is content blockers, coming soon to iOS 9. Glenn is testing a few already (look for an article on Macworld soon), and it's great news for users like us—and possibly really scary news for content creators like us. Everything is about to change...yes, again. That's baseball.

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Podcast 470: Binging on Apple TV rumors

Apple is allegedly planning to hold its alleged fall event on September 9, you know, maybe. (Invites haven't been sent yet.) 9to5Mac dropped some major leaks about a revamped Apple TV to be announced, reportedly, at said alleged event. Susie and Glenn love television—especially this one obscure cartoon created by Matt Groening—so this is very exciting for them both.

Back in Shelbyville, Apple has made iCloud work more like Dropbox in regards to deleted files, USB-C adapters aren't proving to be the panacea we had once thought, and a teenager was rude. Shocker.

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Podcast 469: Of ice cream and Apple Pay

It's the dog days of summer, the time when Google makes all the news, by making itself a subsidiary of...itself. So that's an interesting discussion, and this episode also contains lots of follow-up and a delicious selection of new business, as we ramp up to September, when Apple will release new hardware and software.

So Glenn updates us on the malware situation, and how much worse our Android-using friends have it. Any day we can laugh at CurrentC is a good day, and now it seems the Apple Pay competitor is nearing the end of its exclusivity agreement with retailers like Rite Aid—before CurrentC even managed to launch its product. Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist are coming with iOS 9, Verizon is changing up the way it sells new phones and service, and the new iPad mini sounds pretty predictable but will be welcome nonetheless.

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Podcast 468: The day the Music died

Every day is beautiful in the Mac world, but now and then storms gather in the iCloud. Let this podcast be your umbrella, and I promise to stop with the strained weather analogies. This week Glenn and Susie discuss/kvetch about the confusion over the collision of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, and iTunes Match. Because it’s still pretty confusing.

Glenn also updated us on a couple very scary-sounding vulnerabilities that could affect Macs. Security research is good and necessary, and you shouldn’t be too freaked out—Glenn can explain why. There’s other news too, like Apple denying Business Insider’s report that it was starting an MVNO, and another rumor about Siri transcribing your voicemail someday.

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